Baby dolphin hand-reared in South America

Last updated 12:10 18/10/2011

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A beached baby dolphin, found alive with its umbilical cord still attached, is being hand-reared in Uruguay.

The female La Plata dolphin was found on a beach near Montevideo city and was sent to the non-government wildlife rescue organisation S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina.

The Head of S.O.S Rescate Fauna Marina, Richard Tesore, has been photographed this week caring for little mammal - bottle-feeding her and taking her from her small tank at the rescue centre for swims in the sea.

It is not the first time Tesore has been pictured with a cute juvenile dolphin - pics of a dolphin rescued in similar circumstances being introduced to a rescued penguin made the news last year.

The La Plata Dolphin or Franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei) is found in coastal Atlantic waters of southeastern South America. It is a member of the river dolphin group and the only one that actually lives in the ocean and saltwater estuaries, rather than fresh water.

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